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Laboratory Technician

at Modern Times Beer

Posted: 8/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 083ea439-0dd2-4896-9ec2-48624723fdb8
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Laboratory Technician

San Diego, CA
Brewing Operations
Full-time

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THE BIG PICTURE

The Laboratory Technician is responsible for ensuring the quality and reproducibility of our products. S/he plays an active role in analytical and sensory analysis, microbiology, yeast management, and lab equipment maintenance. The Laboratory Technicians will report to the Quality Control Manager, and will follow procedures established for and approved by Modern Times Beer. Candidates must share Modern Times’ commitments to quality, safety, business ethics, and continuous innovation.

THE EVERYDAY VIEW

Monitor the gravity, pH, temperature, and fermentation throughput of all tanks on a daily basis

Identify and assist in troubleshooting any fermentation issues in a timely manner
Perform daily forced VDK checks
Perform daily cell counts of yeast slurry and green beer
Communicate yeast counts to brewing and cellar teams to ensure proper pitch rates
Routinely monitor total package oxygen (TPO) of packaged beer off the packaging lines
Collect and record thorough analytical data on all finished beer and coffee across all Modern Times locations
Prepare microbiological media, perform sterile sampling, sterile plating, and analysis of microbial growth
Assist in coordination and participation of sensory program to gather and analyze pertinent sensory data on beer and coffee products
Perform routine maintenance, calibration, and cleaning of laboratory equipment
Be a resource for all staff regarding quality questions and concerns
Keep a tidy and clean laboratory space
Be a team player and able to interact with all levels within the organization
Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations
Other tasks may be assigned as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application

Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check
Bachelor's degree in a science-related field is preferred but not required
Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required
Brewing and fermentation knowledge strongly preferred
Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
Organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude
Excellent interpersonal skills and positive demeanor
Desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company
Genuine enthusiasm for craft beer
Flexible schedule, willingness to regularly work weekends

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application

Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check
Bachelor's degree in a science-related field is preferred but not required
Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required
Brewing and fermentation knowledge strongly preferred
Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
Organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude
Excellent interpersonal skills and positive demeanor
Desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company
Genuine enthusiasm for craft beer
Flexible schedule, willingness to regularly work weekends

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND BONUS ELIGIBILITY

- Modern Times is a partially employee-owned company, with 30% of our equity held in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), guaranteeing employees the opportunity to earn equity in the company over time
- Health, Chiropractic & Acupuncture benefits (with a $142.00 per month employer contribution towards any plan)
- Dental benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
- Vision benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
- Life insurance (with a 100% employer contribution)
- Long-term disability (with a 100% employer contribution)
- Unlimited paid time off (pending manager approval)
- Eligible to participate in 401(k)
- Eligible for 2-month paid sabbatical after 5 years
- Radical beer and coffee perks

Full-time employees become eligible for health benefits on the first 1st after 30 days of employment (For instance, if your start date is May 15th, you’d be eligible for benefits July 1st).

ABOUT MODERN TIMES

Modern Times began as a 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and many of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we're distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Maui, the Pacific Northwest and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community, and opened brewery/restaurant locations in Portland and Los Angeles in 2018, with new California locations planned for Anaheim, Encinitas, and Santa Barbara in the coming year. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.

In the summer of 2017, we became California’s first-ever employee-owned brewery, with 30% of the company now owned by our employees and the goal of 100% employee ownership in the future. We think that’s pretty radical.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Modern Times Beer strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

**Applications Accepted Until This Role Is Filled

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